LA CaTS Cores & Resources
Clinical Research Education, Mentoring & Career Development Core
The overall objective of the Clinical Research Mentoring and Career Development Core is to build upon the structure of the LSU, Tulane and Pennington COBREs (Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence) and INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) by enhancing clinical and translational research education. We will achieve this objective by enriching and facilitating the interactive and transdisciplinary career development of the next generation of translational researchers. While our COBRE Scholars have been highly successful in their basic research endeavors, little in the way of patient oriented translational research has emanated from our COBRE community. By embedding our successful clinical research curriculum, seminars, mentoring standards, and research milestones into the COBRE structure we will reach the potential of the clinical and translational productivity of the LA CaTS Center.
The aims of this core are:
- To establish an Academic Home that provides the training and support to enrich and accelerate the translational research careers of our junior faculty. Our program will permit clinical research faculty to take advantage of the outstanding scientific environment created by our COBRES and will foster new research dimensions for COBRE and INBRE scholars. Our “home” environment will increase their familiarity and comfort with clinical research by providing easy access to and easy communication with clinical and translational researchers. Providing a Master’s in Clinical Research for junior faculty (Roadmap Scholars) and a Certificate in Clinical Research for our COBRE post doctoral fellows will facilitate clinical research and will foster productive transdisciplinary collaborations leading to bidirectional translational research and team science. Our partnership with the CTSA at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) allows us to enhance our curriculum and career development resources, while expanding enhancing the effectiveness of both programs.
- To identify Assessment Tools and Informative Metrics that can be used to evaluate our training programs, and to identify and promote Best Practices in Clinical/Translational Research Education and Training. We will measure and share our successful training activities while benefiting from the experiences at MUSC. Through our partnership with MUSC and the CTSA Network, we will identify, adopt, and promote the core competencies currently under development by the CTSA Network. We will use appropriate metrics to assess the progress in translational research competency of our trainees.
The LA CaTS Education and Career Development Core will provide the infrastructure and support for training the continuum of scholars with diverse scientific expertise, interests, and backgrounds in an integrated multi-site academic home embracing the spectrum of translational researchers - from theoreticians to clinicians. The academic “home” will provide clinical research training via traditional and distance learning formats, and be enhanced by the core components - access to health literacy resources, training in community engagement, biomedical informatics, and opportunities for competitive pilot grant funding. Importantly, the “home” will be as attractive to mentors as it is to trainees, becoming an intellectually invigorating environment for collaboration. We have developed curricula for the MS in Clinical Research (MSCR) and the Certificate in Clinical Research (CCR) that have evolved over the past 12 years to accelerate the careers of promising junior faculty in both basic and clinical disciplines. These curricula, now enhanced by access to specialized courses from MUSC, are combined with the seminars, mentoring sessions, and progress reviews, and provide the “survival skills” necessary to create sustainable translational research careers. By collaborating closely with Technology Resources, the new distance learning component will overcome the geographic barriers of our dispersed scholars. Central to the Core’s operations will be the selection of participating scholars and their mentors. In addition, our partnership includes other established statewide collaborative research endeavors, the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC) and the Louisiana Vaccine Center (LVC). All of our training activities foster interdisciplinary, team-based approaches to clinical and translational research. We will reach scholars at every level of their training and will demonstrate by examples from our own community and through visiting luminaries that a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach is both efficient and effective for successful translational research and career advancement.